LISTEN: Lessons from Auschwitz

Auschwitz school trip

3:01pm 6th April 2017
(Updated 3:45pm 6th April 2017)

Students and teachers from schools and colleges across Yorkshire have been hearing about the horrors of the Holocaust at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

They visited the Nazi concentration and death camp in Poland as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project.

It is based on the premise that 'hearing is not like seeing' and highlights what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

Between 1940 and 1945, around 1.1 million people were murdered at the camp and many others died from disease, starvation, exhaustion or brutal treatment by guards.

A total of six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

On their trip to Poland, students first stopped off at Oświęcim, the town where the camp was built and where, before the Second World War, 58% of the population was Jewish.

The students then visited Auschwitz I to see the barracks, crematoria and piles of belongings which were seized by the Nazis.

Their final stop on the trip was the main killing centre of Birkenau - also known as Auschwitz II - where the day finished with a ceremony and the lighting of candles to remember those killed in the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi persecution.

Charlotte Towers and Oliver Walsh, from Rossett School in Harrogate, talk about the visit:

Rabbi Raphy Garson hits home the horrors of the Holocaust:

Tour guide Lukasz Lipinski talks about the importance of visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau:

Following the trip, students will reflect on their experiences and discuss how to share what they have seen and heard with other people.

They will also become Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassadors to raise awareness of the Holocaust and challenge prejudice and racism.

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